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Frolick Vs. Frolic, How To Use Each One Correctly?

Frolick Vs. Frolic, How To Use Each One Correctly?

If you don’t know what Frolick is, I can help you out with that. At this point, I want to show you what’s the difference and how you can use them correctly.

Have you been in a place and heard all of a sudden, we were frolicking? Frolic is a non-common word used to show playfulness. At the same time, Frolick is an old form of Frolic, which people do not use anymore.

What Is Frolic?

We can understand in a more straightforward way that “frolic” is to have fun. Frolic is to enjoy playingfully. We associate this with daily routines, and we also look to find a way to have fun.

Have you realized why children have so much energy? They have so much energy because they do what they like. Kids are frolicking most of the time with their friends. Energy can be confused so many times with being playful.

What Frolick?


When we talk about the word “frolick”, it is an old term used for Frolic; they stopped using this word a long time ago. We can say Frolick is currently an outdated spelling of the word “frolic.”

If used in literature, it would most likely be considered a synonym of the currently used spelling.

When you hear the word synonyms, what comes to your mind? Do you know what a synonym is and how we use it?

A synonym is just a different word with the same meaning or something that can relate to that specific word; let’s say, for example, if I say funny, you will say humorous. That’s a synonym.


Now that you understand what a synonym is let’s see what synonyms frolic has. We will also add sample sentences with each term.

  • Dancing

Mary and her husband were dancing until dawn. Security had to kick them out of the bar.

  • Playing

I dislike when you start playing with my feelings. I can’t help but think you don’t have my best interests at heart.

  • Cheerful

The welcome party you guys planned for me was so cheerful. Other departments thought that something terrible was going on.

  • Levity

I know that Barry attempted to include a hint of levity in his speech. However, we were all too upset to understand what he tried to say. Needless to say, it was a disaster.

  • Gayety

Paul, Mark, Frank, and Johnny all were part of the gayety. I am glad they are finally getting along.

  • Mirth

His tucan-shaped nose was received by an audience full of mirth. People are really horrible these days.

  • Merrymaking

The school’s basketball tournament was filled with much merrymaking. However, it only lasted while our team was winning.

History Of Both?


These words come from the Dutch language. “Frolick” is coming specifically from the word vrolyc (happy), meaning fun. The terms are a combination of Vroo = “merry+glad” and Lyc = “like.” The PIE root (*preu- “to hop”), also the root of “frog,” gives the whole an etymological sense akin to “jumping for joy.”

The German word fröhlich, “happy,” shares a similar etymology. Frolic pops up in the early 16th century as an adjective, and the word Frolick appears especially in earlier texts. The term first romped into English in the 1530s as an adjective meaning “joyous, merry, full of mirth.” That spelling remains in the forms “frolicked” and “frolicking.”

Nowadays, the rare adjective form is “Frolicking.” It was first seen as a verb in the 1580s, and we made it a noun in any sentence.

How Do You Use Both Of Them?

As you might understand, we always want to sound smart, sound like we have a lot of information that we can share with the world. But we also wish to make sure that people can understand, because being honest, that’s the most important part.

We need to identify where to use these words, understanding that one of them is an old word. We do not use Frolick as an adjective, but we can use it as a verb to demonstrate our actions.


In the following list, I will present you with some examples of using “frolick” and “frolic” so you know where and how to use them correctly.

  1. They lay in tranquil silence, watching a pair of squirrels frolic in the spring sun.
  2. Following dinner, it started snowing, and we had a great time frolicking in the snow and learning about it.
  3. Nothing entertains me as much as frolicking with children.
  4. She is affectionate with joy and loves to frolic with other kids.
  5. During the day, we frolicked in the backyard in a great deal of fun.
  6. Comparing the severe anxiety of his present condition with the frolic spirit of the previous year.
  7. The kids were frolicking in the snow.
  8. Never again would she be surprised by his unexpected presence in the garden, nor smile at his gentle frolicking with his counterparts.
  9. We did not plan to be frolicking, but if the expression on Lori’s face was any sign, she got the idea.
  10. Have you ever noticed that a male model wearing a speedo frolics in the waves on certain websites?
  11. Maybe he contemplated this frolicking, but to her, it was shocking.
  12. She will soon be composing and frolicking about it.
  13. Let me know when you finish frolicking, as I need Alex to approve this.
  14. The children were frolicking in the rain.
  15. We were frolicking at the club last night when drinks got to the table.
  16. Do you remember when you were frolicking with the guys last weekend?
  17. Beyonce created the lemonade album a few years back. We think that she considered it frolicking, but to her husband, it was terrifying.
  18. I know that you think I chose this school so I could frolic in swimming practice. However, I actually decided on it due to their theater courses.
  19.  I have an overview of Central Park from my apartment’s balcony. It’s generally a wonderful view, especially when people frolic about.
  20. In the end, does it really matter if I frolic or not? I am not disturbing you directly or anyone else for that matter. So leave me to it, if you will.

Mistakes Of Using These Words?


In the same way that we misunderstand certain words, we have the same issue with the words “frolic” and “frolick.” It is necessary for us to understand where these words are being applied in order to fully comprehend the differences between them. You need to know that these words are meaningful, and you can use them in any way when you are trying to have fun or play around.

We want you to understand where everything comes from, and now you have a better perspective of how to use this word. Taking a moment to learn the difference between both of these seemingly similar words won’t be that difficult.

Remember, it’s not the word: it is how to use this word to communicate and how you use it to convey your message. Let’s say you’re reading an article, and this word pops up. Would you know what the meaning of it is without looking at the dictionary? It is for this reason that we need to expand our vocabulary and learn how to differentiate words to make better use of them.

Final Thoughts

After reading this blog post, you have a better understanding of both terms. In the end, we now understand that “frolic” is a rarely encountered word used to show playfulness. On the other hand, “frolick” is a more ancient version of Frolic, which is no longer used by people. Understanding this will let you know how to use the current spelling of the word “frolic” and when “frolick” would be appropriate. In turn, this will lead to better conversations.

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